The Prettiest Peony Wedding Centerpieces

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Photo: Kayla Barker

These big-petal blooms belong on your summer reception table.

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Michael Costa Photography

If we had to create a wedding flower hierarchy, peonies would likely be at the top. And that decision doesn't have anything to do with their high price tag. There's just something about them—they have an endless number of petals, give off just the right amount of fragrance, and are the focal point of just about any arrangement they're inserted into. If you're a peony lover, you're in good—more like royal—company. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's floral designer, Philippa Craddock, decorated the archways of St. George's Chapel with beautiful white varieties.

The peony, however, was popular long before the 2018 royal wedding. In fact, they've been a wedding staple for years. Take the following photos of peony-centric centerpieces, for example. From oversized buds that stand out in a sea of other popular blooms (like ranunculus and garden roses) to smaller varieties that look even better in bunches, there's just no wrong way to work this popular flower into your tablescape. As for color options? Ahead, you'll discover so much more than the standard pink peony—the flower also comes in pure white, golden yellow, deep magenta, the palest-possible lavender, and red-flecked white. There's a peony for virtually any wedding's color palette.

The best part? Peonies work on just about any tabletop, regardless of style. It doesn't matter whether you've set up a bohemian, antler-filled scene, opted for a modern greenery garland, or chose classic vases. Adding in a few peonies will only elevate these arrangements. Click through to discover centerpiece arrangements that prove why peonies are the go-to wedding flower. Not that you needed any more convincing.

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Kayla Barker

Locally-foraged wildflowers and fully opened peonies were the stars of these Bows + Arrows centerpieces, which were arranged in white Rico Terre bowls.

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Summer in a Vase

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Alicia Mink Photography

Joy of Bloom ensured that this plethora of buds—including peonies, ranunculus, spray roses, dandelions, astrantia, and dahlias—worked cohesively by sticking to a seasonal color palette.

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Cindy Lee Photo

The bright red, burgundy, and golden yellow hues in Petals from Heaven's peony and dahlia arrangement felt right at home at a late-summer wedding.

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Joel Serrato

A base of mint leaves made this Kelly Kaufman Design spray as fragrant as it was classically beautiful.

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Clane Gessel

The golden yellow peonies in this dahlia, ranunculus, and cosmo display by Christina Averkin of A Bud & Beyond worked well with the gold-rimmed dinnerware on the tabletop.

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50 Shades of Pink

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Oliver Fly Photography

Just about every bloom used in this lush centerpiece from Big Day Design was in the pink color family, from the green-flecked hydrangea and blush garden roses to the front-and-center peony.

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Lights and Darks

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Ashley Caroline

This Nectar and Root display, on the other hand, covered the opposite ends of the color spectrum: lights and darks. The bright hues of the crisp white peonies and pale pink foxgloves were contrasted by the deep burgundy leaves.

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One Bud

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Jen Jinkens

Janet Gallagher of Designs by Janet proved that you don't need a whole bushel for peonies to make a major impact. A single pink coral charm peony was the focal point of this garden rose, lamb's ear, and silver dollar eucalyptus arrangement.

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Pink and Navy

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Allen Tsai Photography

The focal point of this Everly Alaine centerpiece? The massive pink peony, which beautifully contrasted the navy table runner.

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Here Comes the Sun

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Jessi Marie Photography

Peonies with happy yellow centers brought a bit of sunshine to these greenery-centric sprays from Pollen Events.

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Pink Moment

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Lucy Davenport

The pale pink peonies in these petite clusters (arranged by Fiona Perry) tied the florals back to the tablescape's pretty glassware.

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The Edges

Jacin Fitzgerald made the case for an all-white floral palette with this impossibly lush peony, ranunculus, and tulip display.

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Megan Welker Photography

Budding pink peonies, garden roses, and pomegranates punctuated this voluminous eucalyptus garland, which was brought to life by Bloom Babes.

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Harwell Photography

A golden antler base took Amy Osaba's multicolor peony and garden rose arrangement to new heights.

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King Protea

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Julie Cahill

King protea gave this peony-centric display by Christine Cater a touch of bohemian appeal.

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Summer Buds

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Corbin Gurkin

At this Charleston wedding, John Lupton Events arranged larger-than-life peonies with other in-season blooms, like parrot tulips, ranunculus, succulents, coxcomb, and gloriosa lilies.

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Blush Centerpiece

Landon Jacob

Blush stone tealight settings complemented this couple's muted assortments, which included peonies, roses, astilbe, and Queen Anne's lace.

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English Garden Centerpiece

Elizabeth Messina Photography

For their Connecticut mansion and English garden wedding, this couple chose peony, dahlia, rose, and sweet pea arrangements, accented by various herbs.

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Pink-and-Peach Centerpiece

Elizabeth Messina Photography

Large succulent plants, peonies, roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, and olive and sage foliage were placed in rustic urns at this ceremony.

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Pink-and-Green Centerpiece

Ryan Ray Photography

Over 1,000 peonies were used in this ceremony's décor. Some were placed in terracotta vases alongside scabiosa and clematis.

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Vibrant Centerpiece

Brandon Lata Photography

Brass compotes held coral charm peonies among an array of other blooms—blush and peach garden roses, burgundy dahlias, soft pink ranunculus, scabiosa pods, hellebores, chocolate cosmos, air ferns, scented geranium leaves, seeded eucalyptus, and California bay leaves, to be exact.

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Lush Centerpiece

Jessica Antola

Peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, delphiniums, chamomile, blueberry vines, sweet peas, and dusty miller made this centerpiece light and cheery.

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Dreamy Centerpiece

KT Merry

Though table arrangements included dahlias, hydrangeas, astilbe, berries, and foliage like Italian ruscus and seeded eucalyptus, the real stars of these centerpieces were the peonies, in honor of the bride's name.

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Simple Centerpiece

KT Merry

Short vases of peonies and roses sat underneath towering flutes filled with an abundance of baby's breath.

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Sophisticated Centerpiece

Aaron Delesie

Full, white peonies, roses, and hydrangeas added lush vibes to the ivory-and-gold table settings.

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Low Centerpiece

Aaron Delesie

These soft coral centerpieces mixed peonies, orchids, and hydrangeas with an assortment of matching seashells.

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Overflowing Centerpiece

Michael Falco / Christian Oth St

For their at-home reception (hosted in a peony-filled backyard), this couple chose an on-theme escort card table arrangement, filled to the brim with hydrangeas, peonies, roses, snowball vibernum, delphinium, and dogwood.

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